Funeral Orations (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 22)
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: The Catholic University of America Press
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THE CHRISTIAN FUNERAL ORATION
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THE CHRISTIAN FUNERAL ORATION is one of the most elaborate of Christian literary forms. It represents an attempt to adapt to Christian use a pagan Greek form with many hundreds of years of tradition behind it, a form which in itself is only one branch, but an important branch, of the literary genre known...
SAINT GREGORY NAZIANZEN
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CAESARIUS, WHOSE EARLY and untimely death is the subject of this funeral oration, was the younger brother of St. Gregory. Celebrated as a physician, he was highly esteemed by Emperors Constantius and Julian. While holding an imperial office in the province of Bithynia, he escaped death in the earthquake at Nicaea in 368, but shortly thereafter fell a victim to...
ON HIS BROTHER, ST. CAESARIUS
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PERHAPS YOU THINK,. my dear friends, brethren, fathers -you who are dear to me in fact as well as in namethat I eagerly undertake this address, that it is my purpose to indulge freely in mourning and lamentation for the deceased, or to deliver a long and elegant discourse for the delight of men. Some of...
ON ST. BASIL THE GREAT
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IT WAS INEVITABLE that the great Basil, who constantly used to furnish me with subjects for my discourses- and he gloried in them as no man ever gloried in his own-should now present me in the person of himself with the loftiest theme ever given to those who have engaged in oratory. For I believe that if anyone, testing his oratorical power, wished to gauge...
ON HIS SISTER, ST. GORGONIA
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IN PRAISING MY SISTER, I shall be honoring my own family. Yet, while she is a member of my family, I shall not on that account praise her falsely, but because what is true is for that reason praiseworthy. Moreover, this truth is not only well founded but also well known. Nor would I be allowed to speak with partiality even if I wished to do so. The reason is that...
ON HIS FATHER
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MAN OF GOD,1 AND FAITHFUL SERVANT,2 and dispenser " of the Mysteries of God,3 and man of desires of the Spirit:4 for these are the appellations Scripture gives to those who have attained sublimity and are superior to visible things. I will also call you the God of Pharao,5 of all the Egyptian and hostile...
SAINT AMBROSE ON THE DEATH OF HIS BROTHER SATYRUS
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URANIUS SATYRUS, brother of St. Ambrose, died early in the year 378 (not in 375, as is still stated in most books of reference). The two brothers had been closely associated from boyhood and were unusually devoted to each other through similarity of temperament and their common pursuit of the highest Christia...
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WE HAVE BROUGHT HERE, beloved brethren, my sacrifice in the person of my lord and brother Satyrus, an untainted victim and one pleasing to God. I was mindful that he was subject to death and the thought was not false, but grace has abounded beyond measure.1 Consequently, far from complaining...
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IN THE PRECEDING BOOK I indulged my longing somewhat, for I feared that the application of unduly severe remedies to a burning wound, as it were, might aggravate rather than lessen pain. At the same time, since I often addressed my brother and had him before my eyes, it was only proper to give natural...
CONSOLATIONON TJl.T[E DEATH OFEMPEROR VALENTINlAN
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THE CONSOLATION ON THE DEATH of Valentinian is, . substantially, the funeral sermon delivered by St. Ambrose at the burial of the remains of the youthful Valentinian II, Emperor of the West. One of the first acts of Theodosius, Emperor of the East, after his victory over Maximus had been to send one of his generals, a pagan Frank named...
ON THE DEATH OF VALENTINIAN
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ALTHOUGH IT MAY MEAN an increase of grief to write1 ~ about a subject over which we grieve, yet, because we often find solace in recalling the one over whose loss we grieve for the reason that he seems to live again in our discourse, while, as we write, we direct our minds to him and fix our attention on him, it has been a task of love to make known something of...
FUNERAL ORATIONON THE DEATH OF EMPEROR THEODOSIUS
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THE ORATION ON THE DEATH of Theodosius was delivered by the Bishop of Milan, St. Ambrose, on . February 25, 395, the fortieth day after the death of the emperor. The date of February 26, often given in handbooks, is an error created by a failure to include the day of his death in this reckoning. The occasion of the eulogy was the memorial service, held before...
ON THE DEATH OF THEODOSIUS
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SEVERE EARTHQUAKES, continual rains, and darkness denser than usual gave notice of this, that our most merciful Emperor Theodosius was about to leave the earth. The very elements, then, were mourning his death. The heavens were veiled in obscurity; the air was shuddering in unbroken gloom; the earth was shaken by tremors and filled with floods of waters. Why...
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Page Count: 368
Publication Year: 2010